I always knew I wanted to play volleyball. I first watched Misty May and Kerri Walsh win gold medals in beach for the US Olympic team as far back as I can remember, and that turned a light on inside me. I then started attending clinics, and playing for club and rec teams. I’m now in my sixth year as a beach player, seventh year in club, and just finished my third year as a full-time starter on my high school team. I’ve won team titles and personal awards along the way, and I’ve learned so much about the game, but even more about what it takes to be the best. It’s more than hard work; it’s a desire to work hard.
Coaches want to know what kind of player they might be recruiting. I'm the one who stays in for every point. I can hit and receive, I can serve and pass. I can set and block. Whatever the team needs, I know I can help. I'm told I have a high volleyball IQ. I've played enough to read the court and sense what's going to happen, and make the play. I like to think it's just that I know how to play the game. I'm not a prototype size for my position (I've been an outside hitter most of my 'career.'), but if there's a team that needs a gym rat who can play any position on the court, then I will be able to contribute at the next level.
With the support of my family, friends and coaches, I’ve learned valuable life lessons from this sport. I’m a better all-around player because of my commitment, and a better all-around person, too. I have learned about victory and defeat, perseverance and set back, togetherness and personal devotion. I will stay on this journey as long as I can. The most important thing about volleyball for me is having fun playing the sport I love.